Situation in Eritrea ‘desperately bleak,’ UN expert warns urging aid for fleeing refugees

A United Nations expert today urged the international community to focus on the human rights situation in Eritrea which she said is extremely concerning with the most serious violations being committed and with up to 3,000 people flee every month, many of them unaccompanied children.

Abyei: Security Council ‘gravely concerned’ about highly volatile situation

The United Nations Security Council today called urgently on the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan to refrain from any unilateral action that could heighten tension between the two neighbouring countries or impede a solution regarding the contested, oil-rich border region of Abyei.

Darfur situation marked by insecurity, limited progress on peace front, Security Council told

The situation in Sudan’s Darfur region is marked by limited progress in the peace process, a troubling security situation and the continued need for substantial humanitarian assistance, officials representing the United Nations and the African Union told the Security Council today.

Secretary-General condemns attack resulting in death of UN peacekeepers in Mali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s suicide attack by unknown assailants on a checkpoint of the United Nations mission in Mali in which a number of Chadian peacekeepers have been killed and injured.

Bakassi transfer good example of preventive diplomacy, says UN envoy for West Africa

The United Nations envoy for West Africa has praised Nigeria and Cameroon for their commitment that led to the transfer of sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula from the former to the latter, and cited the process as a good example of preventive diplomacy.

African countries consent to tackle illegal timber trade in Congo Basin – UN agency

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today welcomed a declaration, adopted jointly by Governments from Africa’s main timber producing countries, timber industry representatives and civil society organizations, to curb illegal logging in the Congo Basin.

DR Congo: hit by funding shortfall, UN agency to cut some food relief operations

Facing a $70 million funding shortfall, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that starting as early as November, the agency and its partners will be forced to scale back activities in strife-torn provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Ban welcomes discussions in Juba between Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the meeting today between the Presidents of South Sudan and Sudan, at which the two leaders discussed the contested border region of Abyei.

South Sudan: UN mission deplores latest round of deadly violence in Jonglei state

The United Nations has strongly condemned yesterday’s deadly attacks in South Sudan’s Jonglei state that resulted in many deaths and injuries.

Ban pledges UN support for Africa’s development partnership, peer review process

Hailing the success of the self-assessment mechanism agreed among African leaders a decade ago, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said the peer review process has not only fostered more principled leadership and constructive national dialogue but has opened up more space for citizens to participate in the decisions affecting them.